Shutdown: Three People Die as National Parks Left Largely Unpatrolled

People have had to help themselves at the park

"The visitor was not in a closed area".

The Trump administration parted with previous administrations and made a decision to keep federal parks open to the public during the shutdown, despite them being nearly entirely unsupervised.

The ranger station is closed and only tire marks are in the snow, the roads and parking lots are not plowed.

"We are not able to monitor social media accounts", the tweet read.

"The parks are being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns", the parks' public affairs officer Sintia Kawasaki-Yee said in a press release reported by USA Today.

He said that on average, six people a week die in the national parks system, with automobile crashes, falls, drowning and suicide the top causes of death.

Park Service officials said the entrances to Great Falls Park in both Maryland and Virginia would remain closed to vehicles during the remainder of the shutdown, but people would still be allowed to walk in. "We're concerned there'll be impacts to visitors' safety".

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Joshua Tree park officials said that all campgrounds would close at noon on January 2 due to health and safety concerns as vault toilets reach capacity.

The situation has been improved somewhat by volunteers from Friends of Joshua Tree and local businesses, who have raised $5,000 to take out trash and clean toilets.

This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, photo shows Lookout Studio in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

A visitor at Yosemite National Park reportedly fell to his death on Christmas Day, and the incident went unreported until now due to the ongoing government shutdown, a National Park Service spokesman said.

In the already popular parks, the problem of human waste has turned into a literal sh*tshow.

"A lot of people who go to the park are looking for advice about where to go - what areas are good for snowshoeing and which might be risky, and there's no one here to tell them", said Kerry Kelly, the group's chairman. "This is no reflection on their efforts and the park is very fortunate to have a community that exhibits the kind of care and concern witnessed over the last week".

People visiting Yosemite on Saturday will be receiving garbage bags and tips on how best to use the park during the shutdown, courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors' Bureau. As of Friday, the partial shutdown had been in effect for 14 days.

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